Making Optical Storage Simple & Open
StorageQuest Multi-Services Storage Manager (MSM) 150 appliance combines Web technologies, optical storage management and standards based networking services in a single tightly integrated system. The appliance enables companies to unify optical storage based archival systems with their current storage systems through existing network infrastructures. The MSM 150 is a flexible and integrated storage management appliance that dramatically reduces the complexity and cost of developing, deploying and managing compliant archival storage systems.
The MSM 150, employs an innovative open systems-based approach that simplifies how mid-sized enterprises and small and medium businesses (SMBs) acquire, deploy and manage archival information. StorageQuest’s Simple & Open approach to network based archival storage encompasses a wide range of innovative StorageQuest software and application expertise, designed to help hundreds of thousands of mid-sized enterprises and SMBs worldwide address the major challenges of explosive information growth and spiraling costs by more effectively storing, archiving and protecting their critical data.
StorageQuest has invested heavily in the research and development that help these customers simply and cost-effectively address their most difficult archival storage challenges specifically addressing new compliance regulations. Mid-sized enterprises and SMBs are now facing the same archival requirements resulting from compliancy and regulatory pressures as large enterprises, but without the luxury of large IT staff and budgets. To help them more effectively meet their challenges, while removing complexity, StorageQuest today is introducing a series of MSM 150 network appliances comprised of the latest StorageQuest hardware, software and services. The new MSM 150 solutions, offer open system standards with easy-to-deploy capabilities that ensure best-in-class archival storage implementations that are “Future Proofed” with the flexibility and scalability to meet changing business requirements and maximize return on investment.
Any business application can now take advantage of the security and permanency of optical storage for the archiving of data to meet compliancy requirements such as; SEC 17a-4, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, BASEL II, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and CFR21 title 11 to name a few. Application servers can easily store and retrieve archival data though industry standards based networking protocols including; TCP/IP, NFS, CIFS, HTTP, SNMP and FTP all archived data is easily transportable to all major operating system including: Microsoft Windows, Linux, UNIX and MAC OS/X through the use of the industry standard file format UDF (Universal Disc Format) supported natively by these operating systems.
Open Systems design was the key element in designing the MSM 150 as a “Future-Proof” solution, which is critical for the successful implementation for any archival system. When you consider that information stored in an archival system will be required for 5, 10 and upwards of 20 years the implementation of the archival system must be based on industry standards which will enable information to be read on any current or future operating system natively. Additionally, archived information must be made portable both logically and physically such that it can be easily moved, shared and distributed at any time in the future. Since regulations are continually changing and new ones are sure to arise, information flexibility is the only way to minimize both risks and cost. See related article “ E-Z Optical Format Conversion (PDF)”
Optical is the Clear Choice for any archival implementation, especially compliancy based archives requiring Write Once Read Many (WORM) such as SEC 17a-4. Today’s magnetic disk or tape archival solutions try to emulate optical WORM technology, however unlike the implementation of an optical archive with the MSM 150, all of these magnetic based archival solutions are proprietary, in that they require custom API’s and utilize proprietary formats. In addition, magnetic disk based systems are non-removable limiting off-site storage capability. If you consider WORM tape, which is a magnetic based media, the tape cartridge can easily be erased with an external erasing tool. As with any magnetic tape this fails the test of being TRUE WORM which requires the media to be non-alterable and non-erasable. Additionally, with tape being a sequential storage device, it is not ideally suited for compliancy applications as these applications are typically database driven requiring random access storage which is what optical delivers.
The MSM 150 delivers a totally OPEN solution to archival storage requirements eliminating proprietary formats, file systems and interfaces. See for yourself: Click Here for a Flash demonstration of the MSM 150 as see how it’s making optical storage Simple & Open!